TEAM USA SWEEPS TEAM, ALL-EVENTS GOLDS AT PABCON CHAMPIONSHIPS
HENDERSON, Nev. - The Team USA men and women swept the gold medals in team and all-events Friday at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships.
The U.S. women broke the PABCON Championships record for six-game team total with 6,713 as they rolled to the gold medal by 256 pins over Mexico at Sunset Station’s Strike Zone Bowling Center. The Team USA men shot 6,687 and finished 194 pins ahead of Mexico.
The United States was led in the women’s event by all-events gold medalist Liz Johnson with 1,473 and she was joined by Stefanie Nation (1,337), Josie Earnest (1,284), Diandra Asbaty (1,217), Shannon Pluhowsky (709) and Leanne Hulsenberg (693).
“We accomplished our goals, which was to go for the team gold and the trios gold,” said Johnson, who won the all-events with a 24-game total of 5,427 (226.1 average). “We all worked together really well. There were some moves we had to make during team and everyone worked very well with each other.”
Mexico took the women’s silver medal with 6,457, while Colombia earned the bronze with 6,176. In all-events, Nation finished with the silver with 5,316, while Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo took the bronze with 5,287.
On the men’s side, Team USA was led by Tommy Jones with 1,376 and was followed by all-events gold medalist Bill O’Neill (1,354), Steve Smith (1,311), Marshall Kent (1,269), Patrick Allen (692) and John Janawicz (685).
“We had an unexpected lead coming into the day and we all worked really, really well together all day,” said O’Neill, who won all-events with 5,556 (231.5 average). “It’s a lot harder than it used to be to win because the talent level is so much better. To have so many teams competing for medals is pretty cool to see.”
Mexico rallied in the final two games to take the silver medal with 6,493, while the Dominican Republic won its first men’s medal since 1989 by finishing third with 6,484. In all-events, Jones claimed the silver with 5,543, while Puerto Rico’s Francisco Colon took the bronze with 5,504.
The top 24 men and top 24 women in the all-events standings after 24 games advanced to Saturday’s Masters competition. All 12 Team USA players advanced.
The remaining players will bowl six games Saturday morning before the field is cut to the top eight in each division for round robin match play. After 37 total games, including match play bonus pins, the top four men and top four women will advance to the semifinals.
For more information on the 2012 PABCON Adult Championships, visit BOWL.com/PABCON2012. BOWL.com’s BowlTV is providing free live streaming of the entire tournament.
United States Bowling Congress
2012 PABCON ADULT CHAMPIONSHIPS
GOLD - United States, 6,687
GOLD - Bill O’Neill, United States, 5,556
GOLD - United States, 6,713
GOLD - Liz Johnson, United States, 5,427
Full results available on BOWL.com/PABCON2012
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